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Below are articles from the following dictionary:
Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g4183 Greek: polus


"much, many, great," is used especially of number when its significance is "many," e.g., Mat 8:30; 9:10; 13:17; so the RV of Mat 12:15, where some mss. follow the word by ochloi, "multitudes;" 1Cr 12:12; Rev 1:15; it is more frequently used as a noun, "many (persons)," e.g., Mat 3:7; 7:22; 22:14; with the article, "the many," e.g., Mat 24:12, RV; Mar 9:26, RV, "the more part" (AV "many"); Rom 5:15, 19 (twice), RV; Rom 12:5; 1Cr 10:17; 10:33, RV; so 2Cr 2:17; in 1Cr 11:30, RV, "not a few." In Luk 12:47 it is translated "many stripes," the noun being understood.


(1) In Luk 23:8 some mss. have polla, "many things," though it is absent from the most authentic; see the RV.

(2) In Mar 6:20 the RV, following the mss. which have aporeov, "to be perplexed," translates polla by "much;" some mss. have poieo, "to do;" hence AV, "did many things."

(3) In Gal 4:27 the plural of polus, with mallon, "more," is translated "more" in the RV (AV, "many more"), lit., "many are the children of the desolate more than of her that, etc.," the phrase implying that both should have many children, but the desolate more than the other.

(4) In Jhn 7:40 there is no word in the original representing "some" or "many."

2 Strong's Number: g4119 Greek: pleion


"more, greater," the comparative of No. 1, is translated "many" in Act 2:40; 13:31; 21:10; 24:17; 25:14; 27:20; 28:23 (AV; RV, "in great number"); with the article, "most," RV (or rather, "the more part"), Act 19:32; 1Cr 10:5, and Phl 1:14 (for AV, "many," an important change); in 2Cr 2:6, RV, "the many" (marg., "the more"); so 2Cr 4:15; in 2Cr 9:2, "very many" (marg., "the more part"); in Hbr 7:23, RV, "many in number" (AV, "many").

3 Strong's Number: g2425 Greek: hikanos


"sufficient," when used of number sometimes signifies "many," suggesting a sufficient number,

(a) with nouns, Luk 8:32; 23:9; Act 9:23, 43; 20:8; 27:7;

(b) absolutely, some noun being understood, e.g., Act 12:12; 14:21; 19:19; 1Cr 11:30.
See ABLE, C, No. 2.

4 Strong's Number: g3745 Greek: hosos


"how much, how many, how great, as much as, as many as," is translated "as many as," e.g., in Mat 14:36; Mar 3:10; Luk 9:5, RV (AV, "whosoever"); Act 2:39; in Act 9:16, RV, "how many things" (AV, "how great things"); in Rom 6:3 the RV renders it by "all we who" (AV, "so many of us as"), a necessary alteration, not singling out some believers from others, as if some were not baptized, but implying what was recognized as true of all (see Act 18:8); in 2Cr 1:20, RV, "how many soever be" (AV, "all").
See ALL, C.

5 Strong's Number: g4214 Greek: posos


"how much, how great, how many," has the last meaning in Mat 15:34; 16:9, 10; 27:13 ("how many things"); Mar 6:38; 8:5, 19, 20; 15:4 ("how many things"); Luk 15:17; Act 21:20.

6 Strong's Number: g5118 Greek: tosoutos


"so great, so much, so many,"

(a) qualifying a noun, is rendered "these many (years)" in Luk 15:29; "so many," Jhn 12:37; 1Cr 14:10;

(b) without a noun, Jhn 6:9; 21:11; Gal 3:4, "so many things."

Note: In Jhn 17:2, AV, the neuter of pas, "all," followed by the neuter of the relative pronoun "what," and then by the plural of the personal pronoun, is translated "to as many as" (RV, "whatsoever... to them").


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